Evil Seductresses, Feisty Housewives, and the Temptation of Victor Mature

From Griffith to Grindhouse - Representations of Antiquity in Film - Kevin M. McGeough

Kevin M. McGeough [+-]
University of Lethbridge
Kevin M. McGeough is professor of archaeology in the Department of Geography at the University of Lethbridge. Having excavated in Israel, Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt, he is the editor of The Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research. He is currently researching the reception of Near Eastern Archaeology in a variety of media and has recently published a three-volume book on archaeological reception in the Victorian era, The Ancient Near East in the Nineteenth Century (2015).

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Like Chapter 2, Chapter 3 addresses the arguments about the present made in historical films. Specifically, this chapter explores questions of gender as expressed in the epic films of the 1950s and 1960s and deconstructs the heteronormative gender roles that such films reified. It concludes, however, by looking at how those same messages were “queered” by different audiences and how camp readings of these movies offered alternatives to the heteronormativity presumed on screen.

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McGeough, Kevin. Evil Seductresses, Feisty Housewives, and the Temptation of Victor Mature. From Griffith to Grindhouse - Representations of Antiquity in Film. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2022. ISBN 9781781799819. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39763. Date accessed: 18 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39763. Oct 2022

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